- ISBN: 0393334876 (pbk.) :
- ISBN: 9780393334876
- Physical Description: [xiii], 199 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
- Edition: Norton pbk. [ed.]
- Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2009.
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|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references.
|Summary, etc.:|| "'Every year I bury a couple hundred of my townspeople.' So opens the singular testimony of the poet Thomas Lynch. Like all poets, inspired by death, Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to serve the living by caring for the dead in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director. In this wholly unique collection of essays, the two vocations meet as Lynch shows himself to be a competent functionary of mourning, a reliable witness to life's mysteries, and a poet poignantly tuning language to the right tones of private release."--P.  of cover.
|Awards Note:|| National Book Award finalist.
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|Subject:||Lynch, Thomas, 1948-
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